Walden (Hardcover)

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Publisher Collectors Library
Mfg Part# 9781904633457
SKU 215514318
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1904633455
Release Date 8/13/2012
Dimensions (in Inches) 6.5H x 4L x 0.75T
Author Info
Henry David Thoreau
Educated at Harvard, Thoreau began as a schoolteacher, but in 1845 he built his cabin at Walden Pond and remained there for more than two years, reading and making the observations on nature and life that would appear in his most well-known book, WALDEN, published in 1854. "Civil Disobedience," the essay Thoreau wrote in 1849, in which he justifies his decision to go to jail rather than pay a poll tax that supported the Mexican War, influenced both Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Before his early death from tuberculosis, Thoreau wrote a number of other works, most of them about the natural world, including A WEEK ON THE CONCORD AND MERRIMACK RIVERS (1849) and THE MAINE WOODS and CAPE COD, both published posthumously. His last words were "moose" and "Indian."
"Aside from its timeless wisdom and quaintly poetical prose, WALDEN is often a hoot. Through his ebulliently sourpuss observations of his fellow Concordians, delivered in a cocksure voice of a critical chanticleer and heretic herald, Henry makes us laugh, to wit: 'Sunday is the fit conclusion of an ill-spent weekend.'"
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Annotation Thoreau's classic account of the solitary life, describing his attempts to simplify his life and sort out his priorities by living alone in a cabin beside Walden Pond for nearly two years, is one of the most influential books ever written. The bible of the environmental movement, WALDEN vividly portrays Thoreau's reverence for nature, and his understanding of the idea that nature is made up of crucially interrelated parts.
First Line When I wrote the following pages, or rather the bulk of them, I lived alone, in the woods, a mile from any neighbor, in a house which I had built myself, on the shore of Walden Pond, in Concord, Massachusetts, and earned my living by the labor of my hands only. I lived there two years and two months.
Editors Note In July 1845, Henry David Thoreau built a small cottage in the woods near Walden Pond, Massachusetts. During the two years spend there, he began to write 'Walden', his most important work, a chronicle of his communion with nature that became one of the most influential books in Western literature.
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